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to believe that chemical weapons have been used. dianne feinstein, the democratic colleague said today the white house has to make some kind of decision on this. jessica yellin is already in israel, she joins us by phone. jessica, you have senator feinstein a short time ago saying "i think the probables are very high and i think the white house needs to be prepared. the white house seems cautious today. where are they standing on this? >> anderson, white house officials say that they're still assessing the reports that chemical weapons were used. we know the president has said that the use of chemical weapons is a red line and that if assad crosses it that there will consequences. he has said you will be held accountable. today, his chief of staff said it would be a game changer if, in fact, chemical weapons were used. now, the president has not specified what he means, exactly, when he said his regime would be held accountable. there have been reports that the u.s. has developed a plan for direct action against syria, but there is no indication that the president would necessarily pur
with syria. he told wolf blitzer there's a high probability chemical weapons were used. diane feinstein, the democratic colleague said today, quote, the white house has to make some kind of decision on this. jessica yellin is already in israel. she joins us by phone. jessica, senator feinstein said a short time ago, quote, i think the probabilities are high that we're going into very dark times. i think the white house needs to be prepared. white house seems to be more cautious today. where do they stand on all of this? >> reporter: anderson, white house officials say they are still assessing reports that chemical weapons are used so cautious is the right word. we know that the president has said the use of chemical weapons, as you say, is a red line. he's gone further and said that if assad crosses it there will be, quote, consequences. he has said you will be held accountable. today his chief of staff said on cnn that it would be a game changer if, in fact, chemical weapons were used. now the president has not specified what he means exactly when he says assad or his regime would be h
dianne feinstein echoed that warning with a stark message to the president. and i will quote her. she said, i think the probabilities are very high, we are going in dark times and i think the white house needs to be prepared. both committees now have been fully briefed. all right. i want to bring our guests tonight and talk about what this means. seth jones joins us with general wesley clark. thanks very much for both of you. you know about this issue. general, let me start with you. this is something the president has set as a red line, i'll play what he said in a moment, but he has said if chemical weapons are used, that's a red line. what does the u.s. do if they have been? >> both secretary of state and the president have looked very closely at this issue of what assistance can be given to the syrian resistance, the rebels there. and the syrian rebels are getting increasingly well organized. they're right now just representatives, pretty soon the government will be formed. people will have positions so i think what you are going to see is more and more u.s. assistance to directly
meeting. >> senator dianne feinstein admitted that she had her gun ban bill ready to go a year ago. tucked away in a drawer, just waiting for the right opportunity. really? waiting for an unspeakable tragedy to push her political agenda? >> we'll start with this. we're going to start with guns and the showdown that everyone is talking about. senator dianne feinstein clashed with freshman senator ted cruz. feinstein says cruz patronized her with an unsolicited civics lesson on gun legislation. let's get straight to our panel now. cnn contributor and political consultant margaret hoover in washington, patricia murphy, founder of jane politics, here in atlanta, and democratic strategy jamaal simmons in washington. this has created some fireworks everywhere. patricia, i want to start with you. what is your take on the feinstein/cruz smackdown? >> i have many takes. i think cruz was out of line. senator feinstein is a 20-year veteran of the judiciary committee, wrote first bill on the assault weapons ban, she doesn't need a lecture on the constitution. in addition to being rude to her, this man
feinstein went head-to-head with some of her colleagues there. she got over the last hurdle before the senate now have to vote but the feeling is the senate will not vote for an assault weapons ban. let's see a little clip of dianne feinstein in action today. >> it seems to me that all of us could begin as our foundational document with the constitution. >> i'm not a sixth grader. senator, i have been on this committee for 20 years. it's fine you want to lecture me on the constitution. i appreciate it. just know i've been here for a long time. i come from a different place than you do. i respect your view. i ask you to respect my view. >> mia, you have 14 children, including 10 adopted kids. sandy hook many felt would be a tipping point in the gun violence debate in america but already, you can see it hitting stumbling blocks up in washington. most senators preferring not to engage in some spat with the nra and playing safe. what do you make of what is going on at the moment? >> i think they're really cowardly because they know in their hearts there's no need -- we're talking about
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intelligence committees right now. we're joined by senator diane feinstein and mike rogers. the republican from michigan. let's talk about syria first, senator feinstein. how serious do you take these reports that chemical weapons were used either by the rebels or the syrian regime? >> the senate this afternoon was briefed. this is one of continuing briefs. i think any public response should come from the white house. let me just say, it is serious. and it may well take some action. >> because when you say may well take some action, congressman, you know that the president, not that long ago, said if chemical weapons were used by bashir al assad's regime, that's a game changer as far as the u.s. is concerned. are you with him on that? >> absolutely. i think the president is exactly right. i argued before, we had reports, if you recall last summer, that they had at least public reports where they moved munitions in a place where they could be used on a short notice. and there's some configuration they have to go through to be used on a short notice. that was alarming and concerning. now, they ne
of it. i think diane feinstein is absolutely right. if these weapons were used we've crossed the threshold. syria is completely a mess now, chaotic. the resistance groups, opposition are broken up into little pieces. you have al qaeda there. we simply cannot let it happen that al qaeda gets these weapons or that the regime turns them loose on the cities. something is going to happen very soon. >> bob, why can't you just bomb these sites? >> they're saying they're in tai dozen sites. you can't just bomb them. they may bomb israel. as diane feinstein said, these people are desperate. the regime, more and more cities are falling in areas and as we've said all along, they will use these things and something has to happen. you also have to look at syria has become a proxy war for iran, russia, saudi arabia and turkey. everybody is pouring arms into the country. you know, the situation cannot continue as it is without running into a catastrophe with it involving chemical weapons. >> everybody is pouring arms into the country. you know, the situation cannot continue as it is. withou
proposed by senator dianne feinstein. i was incensed when i heard this. hearing harry reid say, well, i can't get enough votes so we'll put it on the back burner. this is about prohibiting the kind of weapons that murdered the poor children at sandy hook. that's what he put on the back burner. what was your reaction? our >> lo >> wayne issu here's w >> we you're letting the% sc the suits h f >> ted a good music back why you be a man and do it. >> wayne, if you are still thank god you but you have bee dianne pieces. >> what happened to the idea of [ anouncer ] ihop is in time square to compare new griddle-melts to your usual breakfast sandwich. a lot more flavor. [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot! hand crafted just for you. it's like a sexy sandwich. [ anouncer ] compare new griddle melts yourself. just $4.99. it's an epic breakfast sandwich. bob will retire when he's 153, which would be fine if bob were a vampire. but he's not. ♪ he's an architect with two kids and a mortgage. luckily, he found someone who gave him a fresh perspective on his portfolio. and with s
spreading his stunning decision to drop the assault weapons ban proposed by senator dianne feinstein. i was incensed when i heard this. hearing harry reid say, well, i can't get enough votes so we'll put it on the back burner. this is about prohibiting the kind of weapons that murdered the poor children at sandy hook. that's what he put on the back burner. what was your reaction? >> well, i have so many p things to say we don't have time to cover them all. harry reid and these democrats, this is not something unusual. democrats have a history of backing away, backing down. they are the ones that accepted the new math that the majority meant 60 instead of 51. this attitude of, well, we are not going to get -- this is wih our side -- we have weinies on our side. republicans have the courage of convictions. no matter how crazy the idea is. transvaginal probes. they will not step back. >> look at the nra. >> they go for it. >> same way. >> wayne la pierre has driven the campaign since aurora and sandy hook. here's the thing about la pierre. h he's flip-flopped on key issues. here's what he
and there will be amendments i'm sure from senator feinstein who has been a champion over the course of decades because of her own experience in san francisco and what she has seen frankly across this country. so we'll work on this and find the votes and it deserves a vote. let's see if we can get it done. >> one of the most controversial policy aspects of this administration has to do with drones. you have been part of the system first when you were with the national security council and now also where these secret robot planes kill people, hopefully enemies of the united states, but there is little accountability according to critics, little transparency, and little legal recourse for the victims who are innocent. would you be comfortable with the same situation you have in place right now under a president palin or president ryan? >> here's what i -- you know, again, i'm not going to try and engage in hypotheticals. here's what i can tell you, jake. the president of the united states will take every step he can to protect this country and that is exactly what he's done. there are also very important checks
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the biggest push for gun control in decades. the bill sponsor dianne feinstein admitted the road is uphill. earlier political comedian dean put a question on social media. he's got like seven twitter followers so i think -- >> i just moved up. i had six, now up to seven. i'm feeling pretty good about myself. >> so, we asked, whether you think this ban has a chance of getting through congress. so, here's what one person says. hate to poop on your parade but boehner won't let it go to the floor for a vote. could make gop vulnerable before 2014 elections. one writes to dean, it will never get through the house unless obama comes out against it. so, people seem skeptical about congress. is that shocking? >> it's not shocking at all. you know what makes it unbelievable to all of us is 90% of americans in polls support universal background check for anyone to buy a gun, to close the gun show loophole but still this is may not pass congress. forget the assault weapon ban. congress does nothing. doesn't work on budget, doesn't pass gun control. we should take a page from the nhl owners and nba own
control in decades. the bill's sponsor democratic senator dianne feinstein admitted that the road is uphill. earlier political comedian dino vidalla put the question on social media, with seven twitter followers. >> just moved up. i had six. >> here's what we asked. we asked whether you think that this ban has a chance of getting through congress. so here's what one person says. hate to poop on your parade but boehner went let it get to the floor for a vote. it can make republicans vulnerable before 2014 mid-term elections, and then someone else writes to dean, it will never get through the house unless, of course, obama comes out against it. so dean, people seem skeptical about congress. is that shocking? >> not shocking at all. it's unreal. you know what makes it really unbelievable to all of us is that 90% of americans in polls support universal background checks for anyone buying a gun, what's called the gun show loophole. the assault weapons ban will never pass. that's the interesting thing. congress does nothing. doesn't work on the budget. you know, doesn't pass gun control
intelligence committee, mike rogers, and the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee, dianne feinstein. they admitted they had been briefed. this isn't their opinion. and that's an awkward fact for the obama administration. the president is in the region, we're hearing now from officials that it's going to take a couple days for them to determine whether or not a chemical weapon is used. and let's be honest. by then, president obama will be out of the region, safely back here and in a better position to make a decision. >> john, you're there in israel for the president's visit. has this changed the tone, the tenor of the president's trip? >> without a doubt. look, the nuclear confrontation with iran is still number one. with the president sitting down with prime minister netanyahu to talk issues. but anderson, i'm in jerusalem, 135 miles to damascus. because of the threat of chemical weapons, because of the instability and uncertainty in this region, israel has the best intelligence about syria. israel also has, and bob and fran know this terrain better than i do. not only human intell
in a senate debate on a possible assault weapons ban. california senator dianne feinstein taking on texas republican ted cruz after she lectures her about the constitution. >> it seems to me that all of you should begin as our foundational document with the constitution. >> i'm not a sixth grader. senator i've been on this committee for 20 years. if you want to lecture me on the constitution, i appreciate it. just know i've been here for a long time. i come from a different place than you do. i respect your views. i ask you to respect my views. >> senator fine tine later appeared on "the situation room" to discuss the situation. >> well, i just felt patronized. i felt he was somewhat arrogant about it. and you know, when you've come from where i've come from and what you've seen, and when you found a dead body and your put your finger in bullet holes you really impact the realize of weapons. >> a reputation for feisty behavior in committee hearings says no one doubts senator feinsteins asincerity or passion. >>> looking live inside the vatican where pope francis is meeting with the full v
're in the situation room. u.s. senator dianne feinstein made news on tuesday when she promised to keep fighting for a ban on semiautomatic weapons like the one used to massacre these children and teachers in newtown, connecticut even though democratic leaders say they can't get enough votes to pass it. >> this is very important to me. and i'm not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. it's aimed to protect children, to protect schools, animald mal. it is aimed to dry up the supply of these over time. and it came out on a 10-8 vote of the judiciary committee. not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust as i would see it. >> front page of today's "new york daily news" calls it a shame. the assault weapons ban is effectively dead at least for now. cnn's mary snow is in newtown, connecticut right now. she is asking people there what they think about all of this. what do they think, mary? >> reporter: emotional reaction, wolf. there are people here who have taken on an active
says that senator dianne feinstein could introduce her proposed ban on assault weapons as an amendment to new gun legislation in order to at least get a vote on that. >>> and new shocking sex and drug allegations against the man who used to be the voice of elmo. the 24-year-old is suing kevin clash alleging he smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with stephens. the lawsuit alleges he also gave sheldon poppers as a sexual aid. that generally refers to capsule that's give users a rush when broken and inhaled. his attorney calls the suit meritless and barred by the statute of limitations. >>> interesting development this morning. the fda is giving up on graphic new warnings for cigarette packages. the justice department will not ask the supreme court to review a federal appeals court ruling that had blocked those new warnings. the rule stated that requiring such graphic labels on cigarettes would be a violation of free speech protections. the fda says it will now work to create new warning labels that comply with the 2009 tobacco control act. >>> it's something out of a d
against its own people let's listen to what dianne feinstein said yesterday to wolf blitzer. >> the white house has to make some decisions in this. i think the days are becoming more desperate. the regime is more desperate. we know where the chemical weapons are. it's not a secret that they're there. and i think the probabilities are very high that we're going into some very dark times and i think the white house needs to be prepared. >> and you were seeing there the house intelligence chair mike rogers also in that interview echoing those concerns about where we're headed and israeli newspapers this morning are citing security forces there saying that chemical weapons have been used. what can you tell us about this at this moment? >> well obviously we share the concerns of people in washington. and it's not only the syrian regime that has those chemical weapons but as syria fragments, as the conflict there continues and we see syria break up we are very concerned about the possibility that those sorts of very dangerous weapons, chemical weapons and others, will fall into the hands of ext
this in the past and what dianne feinstein should do is look at their own party and say are there enough democrats to vote for the broad reaching measures and the answer is, honestly, no, there is not. they should have spent more time working on maybe just background checks or mental health issues and looked at actually the prosecution of crimes of those that commit gun crimes. right now in this country, you get about 4.3 years, if you use a gun in a crime, including pulling the trigger and miss, that's where they could have made real headway, they didn't do it and it is because they wasted so much time on something they couldn't even get done with their own party. >> he said sweeping, many people don't see it as sweeping. >> well, you know what, this is a situation where we have 6-year-old children getting shot, why do people need these guns that you use on a battlefield to begin with? and i think that, you know, it is such a tough issue, responsibly, people who are into hobbies, that's one thing, but these power weapons and the fact you can slaughter so many people, we have to do something. we h
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